Eric Pickles , Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Andrew Stunnel, CLG Minister, gave a resounding endorsement of markets when they launched Love Your Local Market and National Market Day at Old Spitalfields Market in London.
Welcomed by Lord Lee of Wellington Markets, who hosted the event, the Secretary of State spoke of the role of markets in encouraging entrepreneurship and enabling traders to start new businesses. He referred to his own family ‘s background in the retail industry and the way in which some of today’s retail giants, like Morrisons, had started in the local market. The event at Old Spitalfields was an opportunity for young traders to demonstrate their skills at market trading and the Secretary of State visited the various stalls and was impressed with the variety and quality of what was on offer. At the conclusion of his visit he presented various awards to young traders for their efforts.